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  1. If I recall correctly, Jeffrey Quill - Chief test pilot at Supermarine - said that the Spitfire Mk.VIII was the best handling of all the Spitfires. Just this one Aircraft is a great addition to any Mediterranean, Burmese, Papua New Guinea'n, Australian battlefront. I hope for 1CGS to include this aircraft in the next Great Battles installment, whatever the theatre 😎
  2. I kind of agree, However, I also think that if the Map extended south of Sicily to include Malta and a large area of the Mediterranean Sea then 1CGS could include the Defense of Malta AS WELL AS Operation Husky. The only drawback that I can see is formations of Italian / German bombers would be limited to perhaps 12 or 16 aircraft which isn't historical. I'm like a dog with a stick, I won't let go! For me, the above mentioned Defence of Malta gives 1CGS a chance to work on revised bomber aircraft formations with large numbers of bombers with a limited FM and very limited AI. This would pave the way for a Defence of the Reich campaign with hundreds of B-17 Bombers, Battle Of Britain in the Great Battles' engine, and way into the future: even the B-29 raids on Japan. Does anyone think 1CGS can pull off such a huge re-writing of code for large bomber formations? Algy Lacey
  3. Before 1C games attempts to cover a battleground that involves massive bomber formations, they need to do something to address the limitations of the current system of Flight Models and AI. I had some thoughts on this which I shared in a post for developers to see, I forget the thread's title. Here's the suggestion: This was implemented in the game Battle Of Britain : Wings Of Victory II, which I never played, but heard / read plenty about it's fantastic AI and intense single player dogfights. I believe that this game didn't have complex AI for the HUGE bomber formations of Heinkel's and Dornier's, I even seem to recall that until the player got really close to the bombers, there wasn't individual AI, just the bombers in a flight of four maybe, or even AI for each squadron (I really can't remember the details). I think that if IL-2 Sturmovik Great Battles were to implement this kind of logic for dealing with masses of bombers (B-17's over the Ruhr anyone?) then we could keep the individual AI for fighters and ground attack aircraft but have a much less detailed AI for Level Bombers. Does anyone else think this might be a good way forward towards having many hundreds of aircraft in a Bomber formation?
  4. A late war Northern Italy Map and Campaign would be awesome too! It would be appreciated if you were to give your idea some more detail like I have with Malta '42 - '43 Salute! Algy Lacey In my humble opinion, seeing as this idea for an Italian battlefront is an interim between BoBp and the Pacific, I think the Malta idea is better because of the chance to simulate carrier operations on a small scale as well as other types of shipping. Defending the shipping lanes was a crucial part of early to mid-war Mediterranean conflict. And I like the planeset. A lot! A timescale of 1942 to 1943 includes the best of Italian fighters with the latest Spitfire varaints and introducing the Hawker Hurricane as a very important fighter-bomber - I think this would be Great for sales of the product. Algy Lacey
  5. Outline of a smaller more feasible Malta campaign. Much more likely than Mediterranean 1941 through to 1943 with areas of North Africa (N.Africa being covered by Team Fusion and CloD) I've modified my proposal to suit... The first battle would be the air defence of Malta 1942 Then combat against shipping in the Med, in the area around Malta 1942 And finally the invasion of Sicily in 1943. (this battle brings the later war Italian fighters into play: Mc.205, G.55 also Allied Spitfire Mk.IX, Spitfire Mk.VIII, P-38J) Aircraft already modelled include: Allies: Spitfire Mk.Vb Spitfire Mk.IXc Curtiss P-40 Lockheed P-38J Douglas A-20 Axis: Bf109f4 Bf109g4 Macchi Mc.202 Heinkel He111 Junkers Ju88 Junkers Ju87 Bf110g2 Aircraft needed to flesh out the lineup: Allies: Spitfire Mk.Vb Aboukir Filter (slight modification of existing Mk.Vb) Spitfire Mk.Vc Tropical Vokes Filter ( modification of existing Mk.Vb) Spitfire Mk.VIII (extensive modification of existing Mk.IX?) Seafire Mk.IIc (modification of Spitfire Mk.Vc) Hurricane Mk.IIb 'Hurribomber' Hurricane Mk.IIc 4 x 20mm cannon Bristol Beaufighter? Or Fairey Firefly? Consolidated PBY Catalina Maritime Patrol North American B-25 AI Consolidated B-24 AI 8 x new aircraft 2 x adapted from existing aircraft Axis: Reggiane Re.2001 Falco (No Re.2005 Sagittario, very limited numbers delivered) Macchi Mc.205 Veltro (modification > Macchi Mc.202) Fiat G.55 Centauro Bf109f4 with Tropical Air Filter (slight modification of existing f4) Bf109g4 with Tropical Air Filter (slight modification of existing g4) Fieseler Fi.156 Storch (A slow flying field aircraft that would be SO fun to fly!) CANT z.506 Maritime Patrol CANT z.1007 Bomber AI Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Bomber AI 6 x new aircraft 3 x adapted from existing aircraft Only counting new aircraft it's 10 x Allied (including variants) 9 x Axis (including variants) The other GREAT thing about this Battlefront is that 1C Games could add 1 Aircraft Carrier (HMS Argos?)for the Seafire's to operate from without needing to model 3 x whole fleets of different types of Aircraft Carriers, Battleships, Frigates, Destroyers etc: American, British and Japanese. The number of ships would be vastly reduced for a Battle of the Med, but would allow the created Ship Types to be used again for the Pacific expansion. Here is my revised Map Area:
  6. Hey No601_Swallow, I agree with your outline of a smaller Malta campaign. Much more likely than Mediterranean 1941 through to 1943 with areas of North Africa (N.Africa being covered by Team Fusion and CloD) I've modified my proposal to suit... The first battle would be the air defence of Malta 1942 Then combat against shipping in the Med, in the area around Malta 1942 And finally the invasion of Sicily in 1943. (this battle brings the later war Italian fighters into play: Mc.205, G.55 also Allied Spitfire Mk.IX, Spitfire Mk.VIII, P-38J) Aircraft already modelled include: Allies: Spitfire Mk.Vb Spitfire Mk.IXc Curtiss P-40 Lockheed P-38J Douglas A-20 Axis: Bf109f4 Bf109g4 Macchi Mc.202 Heinkel He111 Junkers Ju88 Junkers Ju87 Bf110g2 Aircraft needed to flesh out the lineup: Allies: Spitfire Mk.Vb Aboukir Filter (slight modification of existing Mk.Vb) Spitfire Mk.Vc Tropical Vokes Filter ( modification of existing Mk.Vb) Spitfire Mk.VIII (extensive modification of existing Mk.IX?) Seafire Mk.IIc (modification of Spitfire Mk.Vc) Hurricane Mk.IIb 'Hurribomber' Hurricane Mk.IIc 4 x 20mm cannon Bristol Beaufighter? Or Fairey Firefly? Consolidated PBY Catalina Maritime Patrol North American B-25 AI Consolidated B-24 AI 8 x new aircraft 2 x adapted from existing aircraft Axis: Reggiane Re.2001 Falco (No Re.2005 Sagittario, very limited numbers delivered) Macchi Mc.205 Veltro (modification > Macchi Mc.202) Fiat G.55 Centauro Bf109f4 with Tropical Air Filter (slight modification of existing f4) Bf109g4 with Tropical Air Filter (slight modification of existing g4) Fieseler Fi.156 Storch (A slow flying field aircraft that would be SO fun to fly!) CANT z.506 Maritime Patrol CANT z.1007 Bomber AI Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Bomber AI 6 x new aircraft 3 x adapted from existing aircraft Only counting new aircraft it's 10 x Allied (including variants) 9 x Axis (including variants) The other GREAT thing about this Battlefront is that 1C Games could add 1 Aircraft Carrier (HMS Argos?)for the Seafire's to operate from without needing to model 3 x whole fleets of different types of Aircraft Carriers, Battleships, Frigates, Destroyers etc: American, British and Japanese. The number of ships would be vastly reduced for a Battle of the Med, but would allow the created Ship Types to be used again for the Pacific expansion. Here is my revised Map Area:
  7. Hmmm, your map area does miss out Malta in the south as well as Sicily, the allies first landing point. Your map would be good for a late war Italy 1943 to 1944 expansion. Algy Lacey
  8. Considering the MASSIVE amount of work needed in the development of a Pacific theater of operations - Aircraft Carriers: Landing system (flags), Wires etc... Japanese Naval and Army Aircraft with scarce historical sources of info, few existing Aircraft for theater (P-40, P-38, P-39), Huge new maps... I think it would be very prudent for 1C to deliver a 2nd western front release: IL-2 Battle of the Mediterranean (they'd have to think of a new accronym as BoM is already taken!) This would cover the Naval battles 1941 to 1943, the map could be huge without being too resource hogging, with masses of sea around the Island of Malta as far north as Sicilly for Italian / German airbases and South West for North African Airbases, both Sicily and N. Africa were involved in the Malta campaign, I believe. (See my attached Map) (estimate map size 500,000 Square kilometres) The first battles would be against shipping in the Med, then the air defence of Malta, and finally the invasion of Sicily in 1943. Aircraft already modelled include: Allies: Spitfire Mk.Vb, Spitfire Mk.IXc Curtiss P-40 Lockheed P-38J Douglas A-20 Axis: Bf109e7 Bf109f2 Bf109f4 Bf109g2 Bf109g4 Bf109g6 Macchi Mc.202 Heinkel He.111 Junkers Ju88 Junkers Ju87 Bf110c4 Bf110g2 Aircraft needed to flesh out the lineup: Allies: Spitfire Mk.Vb Aboukir Filter (slight modification of existing Mk.Vb) Spitfire Mk.Vc Tropical Vokes Filter (slight modification of existing Mk.Vb) Spitfire Mk.Vc Trop. 4 x 20mm cannon (slight modification of existing Mk.Vb) Spitfire Mk.VIII (extensive modification of existing Mk.IX?) Seafire Mk.Ib (modification of existing Spitfire Mk.Vb) Seafire Mk.IIc (modification of Spitfire Mk.Vc) Hurricane Mk.IIb 'Hurribomber' Hurricane Mk.IIc 4 x 20mm cannon Lockheed P-38F through to H (modification of existing P-38J) Consolidated PBY Catalina Maritime Patrol North American B-25 AI Consolidated B-24 AI 8 x new aircraft 4 x adapted from existing aircraft Axis: Fiat.G50 Macchi Mc.200 Saetta (modification < Macchi Mc.202) Reggiane Re.2001 Falco Macchi Mc.205 Veltro (modification > Macchi Mc.202) Bf109's with Tropical Air Filter CANT z.506 Maritime Patrol CANT z.1007 Bomber AI Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Bomber AI 5 x new aircraft 2 x adapted from existing Mc.202 16 x Allied aircraft total 19 x Axis aircraft total Ok, that is FAR more aircraft than other IL-2 Battles, but if you only count new aircraft then it's 12 x Allied (including variants) 8 x Axis (including variants) The other GREAT thing about this era is that 1C Games could add 1 Aircraft Carrier for the Seafire's to operate from without needing to model 2 x whole fleets of different types of Aircraft Carriers, Battleships, Frigates, Destroyers etc: American, British and Japanese. The number of ships would be vastly reduced for a Battle of the Med, but would allow the created Ship Types to be used again for the Pacific expansion. Ok, I've been working on this post for well over an hour now. Please do post an 'upvote' if you would like to see this development also. Algy Lacey How about a smaller Malta campaign. Much more likely than Mediterranean 1941 through to 1943 with areas of North Africa (N.Africa being covered by Team Fusion and CloD) I've modified my proposal to suit... (edit) The first battle would be the air defence of Malta 1942 Then combat against shipping in the Med, in the area around Malta 1942 And finally the invasion of Sicily in 1943. (this battle brings the later war Italian fighters into play: Mc.205, G.55 also Allied Spitfire Mk.IX, Spitfire Mk.VIII, P-38J) Aircraft already modelled include: Allies: Spitfire Mk.Vb Spitfire Mk.IXc Curtiss P-40 Lockheed P-38J Douglas A-20 Axis: Bf109f4 Bf109g4 Macchi Mc.202 Heinkel He111 Junkers Ju88 Junkers Ju87 Bf110g2 Aircraft needed to flesh out the lineup: Allies: Spitfire Mk.Vb Aboukir Filter (slight modification of existing Mk.Vb) Spitfire Mk.Vc Tropical Vokes Filter ( modification of existing Mk.Vb) Spitfire Mk.VIII (extensive modification of existing Mk.IX?) Seafire Mk.IIc (modification of Spitfire Mk.Vc) Hurricane Mk.IIb 'Hurribomber' Hurricane Mk.IIc 4 x 20mm cannon Bristol Beaufighter? Or Fairey Firefly? Consolidated PBY Catalina Maritime Patrol North American B-25 AI Consolidated B-24 AI 8 x new aircraft 2 x adapted from existing aircraft Axis: Reggiane Re.2001 Falco (No Re.2005 Sagittario, very limited numbers delivered) Macchi Mc.205 Veltro (modification > Macchi Mc.202) Fiat G.55 Centauro Bf109f4 with Tropical Air Filter (slight modification of existing f4) Bf109g4 with Tropical Air Filter (slight modification of existing g4) Fieseler Fi.156 Storch (A slow flying field aircraft that would be SO fun to fly!) CANT z.506 Maritime Patrol CANT z.1007 Bomber AI Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Bomber AI 6 x new aircraft 3 x adapted from existing aircraft Only counting new aircraft it's 10 x Allied (including variants) 9 x Axis (including variants) The other GREAT thing about this Battlefront is that 1C Games could add 1 Aircraft Carrier (HMS Argos?)for the Seafire's to operate from without needing to model 3 x whole fleets of different types of Aircraft Carriers, Battleships, Frigates, Destroyers etc: American, British and Japanese. The number of ships would be vastly reduced for a Battle of the Med, but would allow the created Ship Types to be used again for the Pacific expansion. Here is my revised Map Area:
  9. So something more like this? It would include Malta to the South and Rome in the North, but bigger map size and more of Italy with dense populated areas: A Resource Hogging Map?
  10. Considering the MASSIVE amount of work needed in the development of a Pacific theater of operations - Aircraft Carriers: Landing system (flags), Wires etc... Japanese Naval and Army Aircraft with scarce historical sources of info, few existing Aircraft for theater (P-40, P-38, P-39), Huge new maps... I think it would be very prudent for 1C to deliver a 2nd western front release: IL-2 Battle of the Mediterranean (they'd have to think of a new accronym as BoM is already taken!) This would cover the Naval battles 1941 to 1943, the map could be huge without being too resource hogging, with masses of sea around the Island of Malta as far north as Sicilly for Italian / German airbases and South West for North African Airbases, both Sicily and N. Africa were involved in the Malta campaign, I believe. (See my attached Map) (estimate map size 500,000 Square kilometres) The first battles would be against shipping in the Med, then the air defence of Malta, and finally the invasion of Sicily in 1943. Aircraft already modelled include: Allies: Spitfire Mk.Vb, Spitfire Mk.IXc Curtiss P-40 Lockheed P-38J Douglas A-20 Axis: Bf109e7 Bf109f2 Bf109f4 Bf109g2 Bf109g4 Bf109g6 Macchi Mc.202 Heinkel He.111 Junkers Ju88 Junkers Ju87 Bf110c4 Bf110g2 Aircraft needed to flesh out the lineup: Allies: Spitfire Mk.Vb Aboukir Filter (slight modification of existing Mk.Vb) Spitfire Mk.Vc Tropical Vokes Filter (slight modification of existing Mk.Vb) Spitfire Mk.Vc Trop. 4 x 20mm cannon (slight modification of existing Mk.Vb) Spitfire Mk.VIII (extensive modification of existing Mk.IX?) Seafire Mk.Ib (modification of existing Spitfire Mk.Vb) Seafire Mk.IIc (modification of Spitfire Mk.Vc) Hurricane Mk.IIb 'Hurribomber' Hurricane Mk.IIc 4 x 20mm cannon Lockheed P-38F through to H (modification of existing P-38J) Consolidated PBY Catalina Maritime Patrol North American B-25 AI Consolidated B-24 AI 8 x new aircraft 4 x adapted from existing aircraft Axis: Fiat.G50 Macchi Mc.200 Saetta (modification < Macchi Mc.202) Reggiane Re.2001 Falco Macchi Mc.205 Veltro (modification > Macchi Mc.202) Bf109's with Tropical Air Filter CANT z.506 Maritime Patrol CANT z.1007 Bomber AI Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Bomber AI 5 x new aircraft 2 x adapted from existing Mc.202 16 x Allied aircraft total 19 x Axis aircraft total Ok, that is FAR more aircraft than other IL-2 Battles, but if you only count new aircraft then it's 12 x Allied (including variants) 8 x Axis (including variants) The other GREAT thing about this era is that 1C Games could add 1 Aircraft Carrier for the Seafire's to operate from without needing to model 2 x whole fleets of different types of Aircraft Carriers, Battleships, Frigates, Destroyers etc: American, British and Japanese. The number of ships would be vastly reduced for a Battle of the Med, but would allow the created Ship Types to be used again for the Pacific expansion. Ok, I've been working on this post for well over an hour now. Please do post an 'upvote' if you would like to see this development also. Algy Lacey
  11. Thanks for the info... I Haven't checked out any multiplayer yet... maybe this evening. Algy
  12. Hi, I would like to have a go at online dogfighting to see how my Rig copes with it all... Where can I find links/I.P.Address for Berloga Server? I have tried a Google search but found nothing of Server Thanks Algy
  13. Hello Rlbomber, You may find this thread invaluable for choosing settings that help with spotting in VR: https://forum.il2sturmovik.com/topic/34266-copypaste-settings-for-best-spotting-rift-and-now-odyssey/ Algy
  14. Hi there. I have a system that is just about capable of running VR on the Kuban Map with 10 or so AI Aircraft. I think that flying online is really going to stretch my system to the max... So I'm looking for a server that runs minimal AI Aircraft / Vehicles / AAA etc. Does anyone have any suggestions for a server that I can try? Also, are there any servers running BOBp Aircraft? eg. the Spitfire MkIXe or Me109G-14? Thanks in advance Algy
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